Originally posted by Ribox12
Is the Super Hornet still viable against emerging threats from the Mig-35 and Flanker Series?
Also is it still viable in the Air Superiority role as its secondary mission?
It has superior avionics, sensors, and systems.
The Super Hornet has JHMCS Aim-9x APG-79, AIM-120's.
It's survivable and it's got good dogfighting abilities and great manuverablility armed with A2A missiles.
Great WVR platform.
The Super Hornet is a Multi mission platform able to perform many roles in the Navy inventory in the tactical spectrum. It does have great systems and
avionics, able to work well with the systems. It's a very smart plane in the Hornet family.
The Super Hornet will do what it's asked for if its SEAD or an Air to air mission. It's a very capable platform, indeed, but many say this plane is
inferior to Russian fighters, but it's superior to Russian fighters which is why Australia selected the Rhino to protect the Australian air space. I
think that's why many Hornet lovers are concerned about the Hornets capabilites asking for "Is This Suited In The Role"? "It's like asking is this
plane able to do anything"?
The Super Hornet does everything with a "Flick Of A Switch".
So the Rhino is capable in defeating Russian fighters either the Mig-35, SU-35 or other fighters in the Russian inventory. The Russians don't tend on
focusing on systems and avionics, they focus apart on manuverablility which why the Russian Flanker and Mig series are very agile.
Here's a fact and fiction on Australia Flying Courps telling the truths and hoaxes about the Super Hornet and JSF against A2A combat engagments.
The Super Hornet is a effective and capable Air-to-air fighter in the air to air role, that's why great avionics and systems are in the Super.
However, there's no such thing as dogfights or WVR engagments anymore. Its been dead since the Vietnam War. All A2A kills in Desert Storm occurred far
away which is BVR.
BVR engagments occurr 93% while WVR engagments occur 7%. The Super Hornet is a great dogfighter or WVR fighter, but it's not able to get close beacuse
it's all Beyond Visual Range now days. If the missile hits no target that's when within visual range battles occur, not occurring when you want to get
close and try to do your skills in a dogfight.
Aim-9x and Helmet Cueing System help the Super Hornet be potent if it's getting engaged in a close in dogfight. Which is why those improvements where
But overall it's a very capable platform, which will stay with the military Services for many years to come.
edit on 4-7-2013 by Navy2001
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